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Entire genome of extinct human decoded from fossil

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posted on Feb, 7 2012 @ 03:15 PM
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Entire genome of extinct human decoded from fossil (PhysOrg.com)


In 2010, Svante Pääbo and his colleagues presented a draft version of the genome from a small fragment of a human finger bone discovered in Denisova Cave in southern Siberia. The DNA sequences showed that this individual came from a previously unknown group of extinct humans that have become known as Denisovans. Together with their sister group the Neandertals, Denisovans are the closest extinct relatives of currently living humans.

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Another advance for science. More info on the Max Plank Inst. here, which has also mapped the Neanderthal genome.

You can download the genome here, so for those of you with clone tanks, have at it!




posted on Feb, 7 2012 @ 03:22 PM
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LOL, Cewl. I will download the genome immediately, and start working on bringing them back to live


Thanks for the post, OP



posted on Feb, 7 2012 @ 03:27 PM
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Isn't Homo Erectus the closest to us? As we descend directly from them.

Anyway, wonder when they will try to clone a Deno something
Or try to use some of their DNA as cures for our diseases.



posted on Feb, 7 2012 @ 03:43 PM
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We absolutely have to clone one since we were so fortunate to get some DNA. The controversial,exciting question is, would you place the cloned embryo in a monkey or a human?



posted on Feb, 7 2012 @ 03:54 PM
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Homo Erectus is much older than Neanderthals, and Homo Sapiens Sapiens (Modern Humans) may be a descendant of Erectus, or at least we count them in our family tree. Neanderthals are regarded as a distinctly separate species, although some cross breeding took place between Neanderthals and Modern Humans (we weren't around back when Erectus was). They are distinct species, if you go back far enough you would eventually find a common ancestor.



posted on Feb, 7 2012 @ 06:29 PM
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Originally posted by Blackmarketeer
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Homo Erectus is much older than Neanderthals, and Homo Sapiens Sapiens (Modern Humans) may be a descendant of Erectus, or at least we count them in our family tree. Neanderthals are regarded as a distinctly separate species, although some cross breeding took place between Neanderthals and Modern Humans (we weren't around back when Erectus was). They are distinct species, if you go back far enough you would eventually find a common ancestor.


The fact that they could interbreed and produce viable offspring suggests to me that they were weren't as 'distinct' a species as you might think. You can probably just classify them as a subspecies, kinda like wolves and domestic dogs. Except for pure Africans, everyone in the world has some measure of Neanderthal DNA in them. In Caucasians Neanderthal DNA can make up 1 - 4% of the entire genome.

Homo Erectus is what evolved in slowly through time into Homo Sapien (us) whereas Neanderthals were more a little off shoot branch that eventually got reincorporated back into the system.

Cool story though OP





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